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Renewal of the Professional Teaching Certificate

Periodic renewal of the Professional Teaching Certificate is accomplished directly through the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Renewal of the Professional Certificate does not require a recommendation from MSU or another university; however, instructions for applying to renew your Professional Certificate through MDE's MIchigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) can be found on our website. Additional information about SCECHs (formerly SBCEUs) can be found on MDE's website.

Requirements for Renewing the Professional Certificate

Renewal of the Professional Certificate requires one of the following within the past five years:

  • Six semester credit hours in a planned program at an approved teacher preparation institution or six semester credit hours of academic credit appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate at any approved college or university;
  • 180 clock hours of state continuing education in approved professional development activities appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate;
  • 180 annual District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) hours appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate; or
  • A combination of semester credit hours, state continuing education hours (30 clock hours of state continuing education hours are equivalent to 1 semester credit hour), or district provided annual professional development (30 clock hours of annual district provided professional development is equivalent to 1 semester credit hour or 30 clock hours of state continuing education) that equals 6 semester hours.

Additional semester credit hours beyond the required 6 or the equivalent in state continuing education hours earned during any certificate validity span cannot be applied toward subsequent renewals.